by Ian Aronow (Video Excerpt of Me Spelling for This Post)
Hi. I have been home without one visitor my whole life, metaphorically “spelling” (see how I did that?). My RPM is everything to me. Do you want to understand how I work to spell in the first place?
Number one: My mom has to mindfully design a lesson to engage my mind and body. This requires much effort, not to mention time.
Spelling does not come easily for my body. Can you imagine people without brains doing anything? My brain and body are disconnected. It takes massive effort to free my hand from impulsive movement to get it to perform the basic task of doing motion that you think is easy. Having my main goal of maintaining bodily control is the number two idea you must value. Can you deal with being harmed by my flailing body? Because my mom has to do that– wanting to form each movement into all part of muddling toward the eventual sound of my inner voice.
Number three: I have to really work every day. I want to just pick up (dear friends), that damn pencil and share every thought I may have in the moment. But I need to be calling each letter one by one. Every thought must be brought to bear in intense ways toward the surface.
You just delved into an autistic guy’s brain, but you didn’t even begin to delve all the way. Can you stick around for more? I hope you do.
I am gratefully yours,